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Cheap local joints (food, drink, etc) to take a first-time St. pete visitor?

My casual and moderate price favorites are probably already on your list but:
Seafood - Mid Peninsula Seafood on 49th St. S.
Current fave - Cuban sandwich or roast pork dinner at Bodega on Central. Take food over to Green Bench Brewery and enjoy with some of their beer.
Burger - El Cap on 4th St. N.
A little further afield but I love Greek food and my favorite in the area is Greek Village next to Seminole Mall. Always excellent, great roast lamb.
Hope that helps

Jun 01, 2014
fdobbs1 in Florida

Clear winner as far as best fun food neighborhood around Tampa for vacation?

You might want to consider the downtown St. Petersburg area. In the last few years it has grown somewhat organically into an area of various levels of restaurants and bars. Beautiful bay views, museums, etc. for other entertainment. Renaissance Vinoy Hotel is a great place to stay in the area.

Apr 23, 2013
fdobbs1 in Florida

Best bar food in St. Pete?

Hi,
I have friends visiting next week who've said that they like to eat and sample local beer in a brewpub atmosphere. I'm more interested in whether the food is good. Anyone have any suggestions for places we might try? I'd prefer to stay in the St. Pete area but would go further afield for good food.
Thanks!

Mar 07, 2013
fdobbs1 in Florida

Sunday before Christmas in Birmingham

HI,
Thanks all for the suggestions. We've rethought the game plan and are doing brunch/lunch at Veranda on HIghland Sunday. Will report back if anything notable is served.
Thanks again!

Dec 18, 2012
fdobbs1 in Central South

Sunday before Christmas in Birmingham

It looks like everything is closed on Sunday. Are there any good hotel restaurants since they have to be open? Seems doubtful but thought I'd ask. I hadn't considered everyone being closed on Sunday.

Dec 08, 2012
fdobbs1 in Central South

Sunday before Christmas in Birmingham

Greetings, I'm going to be in Birmingham over Christmas and am looking for a place to have dinner on Sunday the 23rd. I've checked on the nice places I know (Highlands, Hot & Hot, Bottega, etc.) but am not having any luck.

Does anyone have any suggestions of places I can check?

Thanks in advance!

Dec 08, 2012
fdobbs1 in Central South

North Carolina BBQ in Tampa

The best place I've found is Hickory Hollow BBQ in Ellenton, near the outlet mall. It's south of Tampa on I-75 at the 301 exit. Their web site is hickoryhollowbbq.com. They are from NC and the pork is pulled Eastern style. Good veggies and hushpuppies too.

Jun 13, 2012
fdobbs1 in Florida

Good lunch place in St. Pete Beach Drive area

Hi,
Sorry I wasn't clear. I meant St. Pete downtown Beach Drive area. Need something to impress associates. Was thinking Cassis, 400 Beach, Marchand's...something like that if anyone is doing something exceptional.

Apr 05, 2012
fdobbs1 in Florida

Good lunch place in St. Pete Beach Drive area

Hello,
I'm hosting a few people from out of town for a business lunch next week and am thinking Beach Drive would be a nice setting. I've had dinner in most of the restaurants but never been for lunch. Anyone have any suggestions for something nice?
Thanks

Apr 03, 2012
fdobbs1 in Florida

Saint Petersburg key lime pie

Haven't been in a while but Pie Factory on Walsingham Rd. in Largo has superb key lime pies.

http://www.thepiefactorytampabay.com/

Mar 09, 2012
fdobbs1 in Florida

Special occasion dinner - Birmingham

Thanks all. Lots to consider this year!

Dec 04, 2011
fdobbs1 in Central South

Special occasion dinner - Birmingham

I make my way to Birmingham each year during Christmas to visit family and friends. My sister and I usually have a special dinner one night as part of our celebration and usually go to Highlands Bar and Grill. I find the food to be really good and the experience with the staff to be pretty impeccable.
Does anyone have other recommendations that would be above average in both food and experience? I'm interested in trying something new this year.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

Dec 03, 2011
fdobbs1 in Central South

Thai food in St. Pete?

I've heard other people recommend Lanna Thai. It's next on my list to try.

Aug 05, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Thai food in St. Pete?

Speaking of Vietnamese food, I don't know a lot but notice that we have tons of restaurants in St. Pete. What would you recommend as a good place or two for the best examples?
Thanks!

Aug 05, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Thai food in St. Pete?

Thanks for the rec. on Sila Thai. Tried it this week and started with middle of the road stuff (steamed dumplings, chicken cashew) to gauge against other places. Both were definitely a cut above and I look forward to working through their menu.

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Sila Thai Restaurant
3828 49th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33709

Aug 04, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Thai food in St. Pete?

Thanks, these all look interesting. I'll check them out.

Jul 28, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Thai food in St. Pete?

Looking to expand beyond my usual Thai places near my house (Siam Garden, Thai Kitchen, Thai-Am) and wondering what you guys find that's notable?
Thanks!

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Thai-Am Restaurant
6040 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

Jul 27, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Pizza in St. Petersburg?

+1 on Astra's. Nice owners as well.

Jun 23, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Desserts by Milly St. Petersburg

I'm sorry to hear that. Her desserts were awesome.

May 26, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Desserts by Milly St. Petersburg

Thanks but I tried both the phone number and email link there with no reply earlier. I may try them in person at the market Saturday but worry that they aren't in business.

May 25, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Desserts by Milly St. Petersburg

Does anyone know if Desserts by Milly is still in business in St. Petersburg. I need to order a dessert for a BBQ this weekend and the number I have is disconnected.
Alternatively, any recommendations for soul food type desserts in St. Pete? Thinking fruit pies, cobblers or classic cakes.
Thanks!

May 25, 2011
fdobbs1 in Florida

Verti Mart

Thanks. Glad they are slowly making progress.

Nov 30, 2010
fdobbs1 in New Orleans

Verti Mart

Does anyone know if Verti Mart has reopened? Any other suggestions for shrimp po boy after the lunch only places have closed?

Thanks!

Nov 30, 2010
fdobbs1 in New Orleans

Chouinard St. Pete - anyone been?

I recently read the good review in St. Pete times and loved when he was here before. Anyone been to this restaurant? I'm interested in giving it a try.

Nov 07, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida

Prepared foods for takeout in Amsterdam

Hello,
I will be spending a week in Amsterdam in a couple of weeks. I have an apartment in the Nine Streets area so I have a kitchen and will be eating in for some meals. Can anyone recommend places to purchase nice prepared food for taking home to heat and eat later?

Also, I am looking at other posts for restaurants/food shops and welcome any suggestions. I like most all kinds of food as long as it is tasty.

Thanks in advance!

Nov 06, 2010
fdobbs1 in Europe

Crystal River Suggestions?

I usually get broiled grouper but everything is good and fresh there in an old Florida, no frills kind of way.

Oct 05, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida

Crystal River Suggestions?

When I travel through Crystal River I make it a point to go to Charlie''s Fish House on US 19. They have an attached fish market so the seafood is always fresh and they do a great job of basic, no frills Florida seafood.

Sep 30, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida

Indian food in St. Petersburg or southern Pinellas?

Thanks so much for this thorough overview. I've only tried two of these, Ajanta and Green Chili Bistro/Raga. I agree with you about them and, of the two, prefer Ajanta. I'll try some of the others listed but I think I have the same conclusion as you ultimately. I've mainly eaten very good Indian in major Northeastern cities on business trips and always end up being a bit disappointed when I get back home and try the local places.

Jul 30, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida

Indian food in St. Petersburg or southern Pinellas?

I've noticed that there are few Indian restaurants that have opened fairly recently. Any suggestions as to whether any of them is outstanding?
Thanks.

Jul 30, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

I like Charlies Fish House on U.S. 19 in Crystal River. Good fresh seafood and not fancy.

Jul 05, 2010
fdobbs1 in Florida